Like I’ve said numerous times, you can always tell what time of year it is by looking at our house…especially Christmastime. Each year, Cindy pulls down the 10s of boxes we have stored in the garage and attic, and creates a display that’ll bring back great memories for the boys’ in the years to come.

Christmas Lights

All I do is put-up the ladder, so she can climb-up on the roof to hang that wreath!

Christmas Lights

And naturally, she makes the house all Christmasy, too…

Christmas Lights

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Well, it’s the last game of the Fall Ball Season. We were the home team and Adam was the lead-off man. The pitcher was a little wild to start, but Adam had a good-eye for those inside pitches.

Slugger

He had a good-eye for the right pitch, too! CRACK!

Slugger

What a great way to end the season!

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Halloween. What other time would you see Paul Bunyan pulling gummy worms out of a pudding cup? The boys’ were invited to dress-up as a folktale character for school today. Alex, naturally, was all about it. Adam, on the other hands, well, if there’s no candy in it, then what’s the point.

Paul Bunyan

Halloween. A time for ghoulies and ghosties and long-legged beasties to roam free along neighborhood streets in search of sweeties. This year we have an eclectic combination in a giant inflatable T-Rex and the Stay Puft Marshmellow Man!

The boys’ costumes were pretty cool, actually, with little fans built-in to inflate the suit. And although Alex couldn’t see too well out of his Stay Puft head, Adam had a bit of a challenge walking (or should I say waddling?) from door-to-door.

Halloween Halloween

Their costumes were a hit with the neighbors garnering lots of laughs and comments like, “how do you walk in that thing”? Oh, and candy…lots of candy. “Trick-or-Treat”!

Halloween Halloween

And Adam even ran into a cousin among the clowns, superheroes, ninjas, and princesses weaving in-and-out of each other up and down and around the block…

Halloween

Another fun evening! 🙂

Halloween

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Today, Alex earned his second yellow stripe in Taekwondo! It was a little more involved this time, but he executed his moves very well…

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 Another Yellow Stripe  Another Yellow Stripe

 Another Yellow Stripe  Another Yellow Stripe

 Another Yellow Stripe  Another Yellow Stripe

And so, with a bow and a handshake from Mr. Titus, the quest for the yellow belt continues! Well done, Alex! We’re very proud of you!

 Another Yellow Stripe

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In a Mickey Mickey Mouse tie-dye tee-shirt, Alex is 10x cooler than Peter Fonda…

Easy Rider

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The training season has begun. I always like fall ball because the focus is on skills-development, rather than games and competition. Although with Adam, there’s always competition, and he’s harder on himself than any coach would ever be!

Fall Ball Fall Ball

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As you know, the boys had tubes placed in their ears a few years ago (twice, actually). After the tubes are placed, there’s nothing else that needs to be done because they simply fall-out as the child grows. Well, it didn’t work that way for Adam! One of the tubes didn’t just fall-out and it now needs to be removed surgically. Although it’s a very minor surgery, listening to Adam, you’d think it was a major operation. It was funny how excited he was about it, but I’m not sure if it was the surgery itself or just the drama of it… 😉

Adam's

Of course, when it was over, his ear was a little sore and he wasn’t as thrilled about it anymore…

Adam's

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So, mom bought the boys these litlle gaming chairs. They’re pretty cool, really, and have built-in speakers, so they don’t have to turn-up the volume on the television to annoying levels!

The verdict?

Me: Adam, do you like your new chair?

Adam: I LOVE IT!

Gaming Chair

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So, Alex has been learning Taekwondo and is having a great time! He works his butt off and always comes off the mat at the end of the hour sweaty and tired. Well, today he was tested by Mr. Titus…

Yellow Stripe Yellow Stripe

and was awarded his Yellow Stripe, which is the first step to earning his Yellow Belt!

Yellow Stripe Yellow Stripe

Alex was very proud of himself and so were we!

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Today we took our boat out of Beach Marine and headed up the Intracoastal. The boys were looking forward to a new adventure.

Underway

We headed west on the St Johns River toward Jacksonville and we’re soon approaching the Dames Point Bridge.

Approaching the Dames Point Bridge

We had crossed this bridge plenty of times in the car, but this was our first time traveling under it.

Dames Point Bridge

Along the way, there were a lot of little barrier islands to explore, so we tied the boat up to one and Cindy snapped some pictures while the boys did a little swimming.

Barrier Island

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